The Discovery of the Piezoelectric Effect

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The crystals that have one or more axes with dissimilar ends, i.e. the hemihedral [semi-symmetrical] crystals with oblique faces, possess a particular physical property of giving rise to two electric poles of opposite signs at the extremities of these axes when they undergo a change in temperature: this is the phenomenon known by the name of pyro-electricity. We have found a new method for developing polar electricity in these same crystals, which consists of subjecting them to variations in pressure along their hemihedral axes(1).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-91
Number of pages31
JournalArchive for History of Exact Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003


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